Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s public appearances in the U.K. have come to an end following the Queen’s funeral proceedings yesterday, but the Duchess of Sussex may be trying to get the royal family’s strained private relationships on better footing. NBC and MSNBC’s royal reporter Neil Sean said that a “very good source” informed him that Meghan was seeking a one-on-one meeting with King Charles III before she and Harry leave England.
“She’d now like [to], before they return back to California, to have a one-to-one audience with King Charles III,” Sean said in a video posted on YouTube, via Sky News and Page Six. “That’s right, Meghan one-to-one with King Charles III. You heard correct. And what’s interesting here is, according to that good source, this was made in a formal letter, this is how you write to the King. Now you have to admire Meghan’s self-belief, whatever you think,” he added.
Sean said that the letter served as “an opportunity to clear the air, put the rights from wrongs and explain some of the rationale behind what they’ve been doing over the last two years. Truthfully we have no idea if this is going to go forward. It’s a very brave move from Meghan herself.”
Meghan and the royal family have kept the exact present status of their relationship private, although both Harry and Meghan spoke openly about being close to the late Queen.
Meghan also spoke to The Cut in an interview published at the end of August about how there is room for reconciliation between her, Harry, and the royals. She did not explicitly name who the issues were with.
“I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,” she started. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.” She then went silent before ultimately saying, “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.